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Canada's dreams for Olympic men's basketball in Tokyo are over.
Canada's dreams for Olympic men's basketball in Tokyo are over.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said 46 members of the Afghan forces, including five officers, crossed the border late Sunday near the Pakistani border town of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Afghan soldiers "have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per establ
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
HONG KONG (Reuters) -The first person charged under Hong Kong's national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case that carries long-term implications for how the legislation will reshape the city's common law traditions. Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24, was accused of driving his motorcycle into three riot policemen while carrying a flag with the protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times," which prosecutors said was secessionist. Human rights groups have also criticised the decision to deny Tong bail and a jury trial, which have been key features of Hong Kong's rule of law.
Wall Street expects Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc to report a surge in digital ad sales this week after smaller rivals showed soaring demand, bolstering expectations that the impact of Apple Inc's privacy changes has not yet been felt. Together, Google and Facebook generated about $70 billion in revenue through digital ads in the first quarter, a business that faced initial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic but which analysts said is now looking robust. "The market is just too strong for Facebook to not have a good quarter," said Ygal Arounian, a research analyst at Wedbush Securities.
EDMONTON — Alberta needs to create an emergency program similar to ones in other provinces to address a toxic drug supply that is killing people, an emergency room doctor and public health professor say. The number of deaths from poisoning caused by increasingly potent drugs shows no sign of slowing down in Alberta, says Dr. Shazma Mithani. She says she's tired of seeing people die from drug poisoning on almost every one of her shifts at Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital north of downtown. Mit
English language schools on P.E.I., which rely heavily on foreign students, are hoping travel opens up soon. Two cases of COVID-19, caught by testing at the border in visitors to P.E.I., were announced Monday. Both travellers were unvaccinated and are self-isolating. Some bakeries on P.E.I. are too busy to take new cake orders as Islanders catch up on celebrations missed during the pandemic. Some people in Japan are also enjoying some Island sweets, from a tourism operator who has been hosting v
In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor began a three day jail sentence in California. (July 27)
SINGAPORE (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday he was committed to having a constructive relationship with China and working on common challenges as he laid out his vision for ties with Beijing, which have sunk to their lowest point in decades. The United States has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy for years and President Joe Biden's administration has called rivalry with Beijing "the biggest geopolitical test" of this century. While Austin's speech in Singapore touched on the usual list of behavior Washington describes as destabilizing, from Taiwan to the South China Sea, his comments about seeking a stable relationship could provide an opening for the two countries to start to reduce tension.
Quebec has fared well at warding off the most talked-about variant of the summer, delta, thanks to stringent measures over the winter and a steadily growing vaccination rate. But experts warn the variant's presence in the province is likely to spread in the coming months, and that other variants could gain prominence as their foothold grows and Quebec further loosens restrictions. They say two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine continue to provide the best protection against the virus and its mutations
When Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer began working on her coming-of-age film Beans, she intended to show Canadian audiences what it was like to be an Indigenous child during the turbulent 78-day conflict known as the Oka Crisis. Deer was born in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community located on Montreal's South Shore. When she was 12, violence broke out as members of Kahnawake's nearby sister community, Kanesatake, sought to protect disputed land that included burial grounds from a golf course expansion pro
LONDON (Reuters) -Britain reported its highest number of deaths and people in hospital with coronavirus since March on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging caution despite a week of lower reported numbers of infection. Britain reported 131 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily total since March 17, though it came after just 14 deaths were reported on Monday, suggesting the weekend might have impacted when deaths were reported. The number of new infections has fallen each day for the last seven days, though Johnson stressed the pandemic was not over.
Ever since Diana Bosco transitioned four years ago, she's been attempting to get identification that accurately reflects her gender — a process she describes as invasive and stymied by systemic discrimination against transgender people. She's currently trying to get an Ontario photo card — government-issued ID for those without a driver's licence — with her "sex designation" listed as "F." But she said she has only met with barriers. "It's been an impossible struggle," Diana said. "It feels like
PARIS (Reuters) -Cuba's embassy in Paris said on Tuesday it had been attacked overnight with petrol bombs that caused some damage but no injuries to its staff, in an incident that prompted French authorities to beef up security around the building. Three petrol bombs were thrown by two unnamed individuals, causing a fire on the facade and the entrance of the building, the embassy said in a statement. Cuba has been rocked by protests against a deep economic crisis, the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and curbs on civil liberties, prompting the Communist-run country to restrict access to social media.
HALIFAX — The software issue identified as a cause of last year's naval helicopter crash off Greece that killed six Canadian crew members needs to be fixed without delay, say experts on the interplay between automation and humans in aircraft. Two internal reviews by the Canadian Armed Forces found the autopilot took control of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, plunging it into the Ionian Sea as the pilot was turning to return to HMCS Fredericton on April 29, 2020. Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, Sub-L
P.E.I. grain farmers are competing for bragging rights this summer, part of a growing network in the Maritimes called YEN. The Yield Enhancement Network helps researchers and farmers work more closely together toward improving yields — with competition thrown in to spice things up. "It's a friendly competition for spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, and oats this year," said research scientist Aaron Mills from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. "We award prizes for the highest yield, and the high
Officials in the Muncipality of La Pêche, Que., will meet this week to discuss possible safety measures that can be put in place after a man drowned near the Wakefield covered bridge over the weekend. The body of a 25-year-old man who disappeared while swimming with friends Sunday afternoon was found that night by police divers. "It's a tragic incident. It's upsetting for the community and everyone is touched by something like this," said Mayor Guillaume Lamoureux. He plans to convene the local
OTTAWA — The head of a federal infrastructure financing agency says he has seen a shift in the types of transit projects cities want to build as they opt for zero-emission buses in lieu of large-scale subways. Canada Infrastructure Bank chief executive Ehren Cory says the shift mirrors other changes in the planning of projects the agency was set up to help fund like electricity grid projects. What it means for the financing agency is a rethink of how much of the billions in public funding will g
Burned-out military vehicles, boxes of ammunition and the bodies of scores of federal troops were still scattered along the dirt road that runs through the Ethiopian village of Sheweate Hugum three weeks after the fighting subsided. What happened here in mid-June was just one battle in an eight-month war between Ethiopia's military and rebellious forces in the northern region of Tigray. Nine days later, Tigrayan fighters regained the regional capital Mekelle, three hours' drive to the east, in a major setback for the central government.
To mask or not to mask, that is the question. Unlike the last 10 months, businesses and individuals will have the choice as of midnight Friday, when the province will lift its state of emergency order. But even without the order, businesses can still require customers to wear masks, explained Benjamin Perryman, an assistant law professor at the University of New Brunswick. "Whether it's a mask in relation to the pandemic or the height of a person to go on a ride, or that you need to have a drive
Cat owners who love to take pictures of their furry friends now have a new excuse to pull out their smartphones and take a snapshot: it may actually help the cat. A Calgary, Alberta, animal health technology company, Sylvester.ai, has developed an app called Tably that uses the phone's camera to tell whether a feline is feeling pain. A 2019 study published in peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports found that the so-called 'feline grimace scale,' or FGS, is a valid and reliable tool for acute pain assessment in cats.